Here are the top 9 attractions in dehradun:

  • Chetwoode Hall ( IMA )


The 600 meters long river cave is known by the locals as gucchupani.

Witness the miracle of Nature at the Robber’s Cave, the cave is divided into two main parts with its highest fall being 10m long. which is approximately 8km from Dehradun. A river passes through this cave making this place a perfect picnic spot for family and friends. Robber’s Cave is a must-visit place when in Dehradun.

As they say, to travel is to see and to see is to experience. You may also visit the Tibetan Buddhist Temple, the Takpeshwar Temple, the Ramakrishna Ashram Temple, and the Dehradun Zoo; each barely 2 to 4 kilometers away from Robber’s Cave.   

The weird and wonderful thing about this place is that a stream of water miraculously appears in the Robbers Cave and vanishes under the ground and then reappears a few yards further. This place was believed to be used by the robbers to hide during the British rule(Raj) hence owing to its name.

Things to do at robbers cave:

  • Picnic with friends and family
  • Witness the waterfalls
  • Take a stroll around


The word Sahastradhara means ‘Thousand fold spring’. Sahastradhara is one of the most beautiful, serene, and popular tourist places to visit at Dehradun. Its comprised of waterfalls, caves, and steppe farming lands and provides a totally marvelous rejuvenating and refreshing experience to its visitors.

Sahastradhara is situated at about 11 km from the city of Dehradun, near the Robber’s Cave. Its picturesque beauty attracts a lot of travelers from faraway places. One can even enjoy a stunning view of the surroundings while enjoying a fun ropeway ride here. One can also take a ropeway ride to the top of the mountain to relish the spectacular view of the waterfalls and its surroundings.

Things to do at sahastradhara:

  • Swimming
  • Enjoy the scenic view
  • Have a look at steep farming.

3.Paltan Bazar 

The bazaar is one of the busiest places to visit in Dehradun. At a distance of 1.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station, located near the prestigious Clock Tower, Paltan Bazar is a popular shopping market in the town.

 One can buy products like clothes, footwear, books, handicrafts, artworks, brasswares, and snacks in the market. Paltan Bazar is renowned for being the hub of basmati rice, which is also the city’s pride. Shoppers can also pick various kinds of spices here along with several other food items.

 Paltan Bazar is the main local market of Dehradun and is surrounded by many sub-markets, such as Sahakari Bazaar, Connaught Place, Rajpur Road, and Mall Road. The market remains open every day of the week and is a must-visit in Dehradun. 

Things to do in Paltan Bazar

  • Shopping ( handwoven woolen garments )
  • Explore local food
  • Famous for doon basmati rice

4. Malsi dear park  ( Dehradun zoo )

Malsi dear park now known as Dehradun zoo, Another one of the best places to visit in Dehradun with family is Malsi Deer Park. This mini zoological garden of Dehradun spreads over 25 hectares and acts as a habitat for species such as two-horned deer, nilgai, leopard, peacock, eagle, and other animals. Heaven for all the nature lovers out there, the beauty of the place is worth spending time at. Rich in flora and fauna, the park is a great point to unwind and break away from the busy life of the city. It is a small zoological park with a picturesque location and vibrant wildlife which makes it an amazing place for photographers. 

The park is blessed with natural and serene surroundings and an attractive environment perfect for sightseeing and picnic.  Located at the base of the Shivalik range, and The park is situated just 10 KM away from Dehradun city at Mussoorie Road.

Things to do near malsi deer park:

  • Explore flora and fauna
  • Bird watching
  • Picnic spot

5. Forest research institute 

The premier research institute of forestry in India is located in Dehradun. Established in the year 1906, the Forest Research Institute is spread over 4.5 square kilometers and has an imposing Colonial and Greco-Roman styles of architecture. The site also contains a museum for forestry with six main sections that are pathology museum, social forestry museum, silviculture museum, timber museum, non-wood forest products museum and entomology museum.

Forest Research Institute is also a significant tourist attraction of Dehradun. The beautiful sprawling campus of Forest Research Institute has been drawing a lot of media as well. The Institute has been used to film various Bollywood films. Some of these famous productions are- Krishna Cottage, Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, Paan Singh Tomar, Kamra No. 404, Dilli Khabar, Yaara, Dear Daddy and Student of the Year. A lot of TV commercials and albums have also been shot here. The beauty of this institute is further enhanced by the presence of Tons River on its Western Boundary.

Apart from the main building and greenfield, tourists can also enjoy a picnic place, a botanical garden on the Fri campus. Visitors often like to take a long walk in the serene and peaceful environment of Fri. one can witness wide varieties of plants and trees from across the world in the fields of FRI. photographers also like the landscape of FRI.

Visitor information

  • Famous for: Architecture, education, garden, photography
  • Opening timings: open all days ( 9:30 am to 5 pm)
  • Tickets: 25 INR per person ( museum )


  • Visit the museum
  • photography
  • Explore the institute


At a distance of 9 km from Dehradun Railway Station, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple, also known as Mindrolling Monastery is situated at Clement town in Dehradun. Buddha Temple is a highly celebrated Tibetan religious site. 

Mindrolling Monastery and was built in 1965 by his eminence the Kochen Rinpoche and few other monks for the promotion and protection of religious & cultural understanding of Buddhism. Built-in Japanese architecture style, The wall paintings inside the temple depicting the life of Lord Buddha are simply spectacular.

Buddha Temple’s complex atmosphere provides a mental peace equal to a Buddhist monk. Buddha temple complex was created as one of the four schools of Tibetan religion. This temple complex is known as ‘Nyingma’ while other schools known as Sakya, Kagyu, and Geluk respectively.

Believed to be the largest Buddhist reliquary in Asia, Buddha temple is visited by hundreds of tourists as well as international Buddhism lovers. This marvelous Buddhist holy place Buddha temple is about 220 feet in height and has five floors enshrine statues of Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. The first three floors have ornate gold color wall paintings. The fourth floor has an open platform that offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the Dehradun Valley. Visitors are allowed to the upper floor of this structure only on Sundays.

Things to do at  buddha temple:

  •  best places to enrapture in peace and sanctity.
  • Shop for Tibetan’s art and craft.
  • Explore Tibetan food.
  • One can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from the open-air viewing platform of the temple.

Things to remember while visiting Buddha Temple:

  • If you are an admirer of art and architecture, then we advise you to visit the temple on Sunday. The garden area and shops are open every day. But the interior of the temple is only open on Sundays.

7. Lachhiwala

At a distance of 16 km from Dehradun Railway Station and 9 km from Doiwala Railway Station, Lachhiwala is a famous picnic spot that lies along the Rishikesh – Haridwar Road in Uttarakhand. Lachhiwala is a perfect outing spot near Dehradun. 

Surrounded by dense forest, Lachhiwala attracts several nature lovers. It provides a calm and fun serene environment for visitors. Apart from nature views, the main attraction of the area is the huge man-made pools, where people can enjoy swimming. A stream from Suswa River is collected in a number of pools here. The lush greenery and fresh unpolluted air make the place an ideal destination for trekking. Besides that, these rich natural forests are home to a number of bird species. Because it is a popular summer destination, For instance, travelers come here to bask in the glory of nature. Families, kids, and youngsters also throng here to have fun and frolic in the placid waters. One can enjoy several recreational activities here such as swimming, trekking around the woods and bird watching. Laxman sidh temple is located nearby. One can also visit this temple from this place. This place is far away from the hustle-bustle of the maddening city. So you can also relax and breathe in the fresh air. Many shutterbugs also come here to capture the untouched beauty of nature’s bounty.Lachhiwala can be visited anytime because the weather remains pleasant here all around the year.

However, it is preferred to visit it during the summer season. During summers one can swim in the man-made pools of Lachhiwala.

Since Lachhiwala has evolved as a popular summer spot and tourist destination, it offers fine accommodation facilities. One can also easily stay in the Forest Rest House.

Things to do in lachhiwala  park:

  • Picnic spot
  • Swimming
  • Boat riding & water games
  • Bird watching

Entery fee:  Rs 10/-

8.Chetwoode Hall ( IMA )

At a distance of 7 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Indian Military Academy is located on NH-72 in Dehradun.

The Indian Military Academy (IMA) is a training academy set up in 1932 to train officers of the Indian Army. In order to establish the Indian Military Academy, the government acquired the former Railway College of Dehradun. The beautiful main building of IMA is called Chetwode Building. The academy was named after Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode. He was the Commander-in-Chief of India at the time of the establishment of the IMA and had also inaugurated the new academy.

Be sure to visit the Chetwode Hall in Dehradun to get a glimpse of life into the Indian Army. Chetwode Hall is the administrative headquarters and a hub for the academic training of the IMA. The building has lecture halls, computer labs, the Central Library as well as a cafe and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 2000 people. The museum, War Memorial, Shooting Demonstration Room, and 18-holes Golf Course are some of the attractions located within the Academy.

Visitors need special permission to enter the campus. However, the academy is open to the general public on the GC day which is the graduation day of their cadets. 


Maldevta is a popular picnic spot snuggled in the Raipur area of Dehradun. Maldevta is nature in the utmost abundance. From an ancient temple to great Himalayan vistas, this gorgeous place is bliss for nature lovers. this is a perfect weekend getaway for all tourists. It is an ideal place for people looking to relax, adventure or chilling out with friends. The place, probably, is still beautiful because there are not many people visiting this place as compared to other places in Dehradun. In other words, this place is not commercialized. The calm surroundings and the gurgling sound of the river make this place a safe haven for Doonites who are awe-inspired by the magnetizing beauty of Maldevta. If you have spare time then you can head to some of the popular nearby attractions to Maldevta such as Sahastradhara, sadhana forest villa Khalinga war memorial. there is a village called Kokliyal gaon is 12km away from Maldevta, from there you see a tremendous view of all Dehradun and Mussoorie, this place is located in Maldevta Dhanaulti road.

Maldevta is also known for its recreational activities, such as swimming, sightseeing, biking, cycling, and bird-watching, photography, waterfall, and camping. The best way to spend your night in Maldevta is by pitching your own tents under the stars, preferably in groups. Dance around the bonfire during the night and wake up to the sweet chirping of birds and shining light of the sun.


  • Swimming
  • sightseeing
  • camping
  • photography
  • trekking
  • adventure sports

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